In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he wishes former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would get another shot to play in the NFL.
“I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played he was a great young quarterback,” Brady said of the unsigned quarterback, currently without a team.
“He came to our stadium and beat us and took his team to the Super Bowl. He accomplished a lot in the pros as a player. And he’s certainly qualified and I hope he gets a shot.”
Brady’s remarks reignited a debate over whether the unsigned quarterback is being blacklisted over his decision to protest the national anthem or whether it’s his play and attitude that have made teams wary.
While liberal activists have said it’s the former, many within the NFL indicated that it’s the latter. In an interview earlier this month, retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said that his team didn’t sign Kaepernick after a racist meme posted by Kaepernick’s girlfriend which depicted Lewis as a slave and Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti as a slave-owner.
“We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League. Look, this is what I wanted to share with people. I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … I’ve never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he’s done it,” Lewis said, according to CBS Sports.
“Then, his girl (Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend Nessa Diab) goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn’t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’”
In addition, Kaepernick has reportedly made high salary demands and requested to compete for the starting job, both of which likely limited places where he could sign.
Brady’s comments are likely to infuriate millions, but the fact is that Kaepernick has been the author of his own fate. Given that the NFL has practically encouraged everyone else who’s kneeled or sat out for the national anthem, the real reason he’s in the league has to do with the fact he’s not very good and is asking for a lot of money and responsibility in order to be not very good. Sorry, but I’ll pass — as will most teams.
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